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April is Autism awareness month! As we continue to understand the needs of autistic children, it is important to spend some time in the classroom helping students understand as well. Often times, students get nervous or confused by some of the behaviors of individuals with autism. However, if we increase our education of autism in schools, we can help students accept everyone despite their differences. The following is included to help you begin to teach your students about how and why people with autism behave the way they do and what they can do to support those who have unique needs. Parts of this can be used for upper elementary and middle school, however, the book is really targeted towards primary grades due to the simplicity of the language.
"I Love Someone with Autism"
"Let's Celebrate Our Differences"
- Same 3 posters in BW (great for coloring in!)
-Puzzle Piece Activity- Sharing about those we know with autism and their unique gifts
-"What is Autism" Informational Sheet/Poster
-"What is Autism" Informational Sheet/Poster in BW
-Writing/Drawing Activity- Sharing about our friends with autism
-The Many Faces of Autism Book in color (5 fictional friends with autism share about their personalities, likes and dislikes).
-The Many Faces of Autism Book in BW
-Printable puzzle piece ribbons
-Printable puzzle piece ribbons in BW (color in!)
-"Autism makes me, me!" Poster- Famous people with autism
Let's continue to spread autism awareness and help everyone understand how people with autism think and behave! The more we know, the better equipped we can be to support those with special needs.